Generally, it doesn't cost much to travel in China. If you travel with a tour group, virtually all your costs will be covered as part of the tour packages, with the exception of gifts and personal expenses. Although world travel prices have risen recently, China still offers good values in hotel accommodations, meals, and entertainment when compared to other world-class destinations. Air and train transportation within the country are particularly good values. In all, you will get great values in China.
Consider this: A couple in Beijing or Shanghai can stay in a 5-star hotel, take a full day tour, enjoy three great meals, including a Peking duck banquet; and attend an evening cultural performance for about the cost of one deluxe room alone at a comparable hotel in LA, Chicago, or New York.
For example, if you take a private tour in Beijing, Tour cost USD 50 P/P. If you travel alone, pay extra USD 15 for the same tour and the prices include entrance fees and lunch as listed, private car or van with English speaking guide. And another example, a 6-day round- trip private tour of Beijing and Guilin with daily departure tour cost USD 830 per person.
Most foreign visitors return home raving about the bargain shopping in China - jewelry, silk, carpets, cloisonné, jade, and other popular items can be purchased at much lower prices than in the US. It is exactly true, so plan to travel light and carry an extra bag for all the great gifts and souvenirs you will undoubtedly want to buy.